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The Multifarious Mr. BanksFrom Botany Bay to Kew, The Natural Historian Who Shaped the World$
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Toby Musgrave

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780300223835

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300223835.001.0001

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The Banks Family and the Young Joseph

The Banks Family and the Young Joseph

(p.1) One The Banks Family and the Young Joseph
The Multifarious Mr. Banks

Toby Musgrave

Yale University Press

This chapter begins with Joseph Bank's birth on 13 February 1743 in Soho, London to William and Sarah Banks. It mentions the wedding of Banks' parents on 26 September 1741 and their first residence in one of the four Argyll Buildings in Bruton Street. It also discusses the life of Banks' great grandfather, Joseph I, who had begun the family's wealth accumulation and social elevation. The chapter also looks at Louise Grenville, Bank's first cousin, who was a significant point of contact for him into an important circle of political and societal figures of power and influence. It also emphasizes on Botany that will remain Banks' chief delight for the rest of his long life, including all aspects of natural history and philosophy.

Keywords:   Joseph Banks, William Banks, Sarah Banks, wealth accumulation, social elevation, Louise Grenville, Botany

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